Rwanda social services and family counselling
Rwanda Social Services
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Settlement Programs and Services
Our core settlement services are interpretation and translation,
information and referral, family counseling, youth activities, sponsoring
information, advocacy, support and crisis intervention delivered
in English, French, Kinyarwanda,Kirundi, Swahili,as well as other
languages as needed by clients
Employment Counseling and Job Search
Clients receive assistance in preparing for the employment market
in Canada. Issues such as dealing with assessment of foreign credentials,
lack of Canadian work experience, and entering the job market for
the first time are addressed. Computer training, and information
on how to build networks with prospective employers among other
skills are learned.
Fitting into the school system is a major issue facing newcomer
Rwanda’s youth. In response to this challenge, the Centre
has organized a Homework Club to provide youth with an opportunity
to get support on some of the challenges they might be facing with
the curriculum, meet other youth with similar concerns, access counselors
who can provide support and build social networks.
After school program for Rwandan youth and
other adolescents immigrants
The Rwanda Social Service of Ottawa provides after school activities
for East African adolescents and youth that support learning, deter
involvement in unproductive activities such as gang involvement and
"hanging out" and offer a structured program of activities
offering opportunities for successful orientation, integration, acculturation
and self sufficiency within the Canadian culture
- Provide homework assistance
- Academic tutoring
- Conduct Computer classes (how to use…)
- Offer access to the Internet for educational purposes, research, reports, and other school projects
- Provide access to computers to complete homework assignments
- Provide a learning environment
- Encourage family and parental involvement in the learning process through information workshops, discussion groups, and social events.
- Provide a venue for community speakers and special guests to conduct workshops and presentations
- Student internships
Youth Involvement Activities
- Offer workshops and discussion forums about Canadian culture
- Continue ESL classes for youth and families
- Provide a "drop in" center for Rwandan youth to participate in "structured activities
- Conduct continued conflict resolution classes
- Coordinate and offer field trips and community integration events
- Ship field trip
- Fire expo
- Law enforcement
- Youth and Parent night
Cultural Preservation Classes
- Offer Rwanda culture classes
- Offer Rwandan language classes
- Offer Rwandan music and dance classes
- Offer Rwandan literature, poetry, and writings
Sports and Recreation
Youth Hip Hop Dance (6 - 12 years)
Learn hip hop moves and we'll show you how to put them to the beat
of the latest hip hop, funk and dance music.
Basketball: Skills & Drill Development
Become part of an active skill development program that teaches
kids the fundamentals of basketball and provides an opportunity
to play in a recreational environment
Girls and Goals (6 -13 years)
Come play different sports like soccer, basketball and volleyball
just to name a few. This supportive girls only program will develop
new skills and improve self esteem while fostering new friendships.
Soccer - Children/Youth Indoor
Fun, active play and skill development are the focus with an emphasis
on teamwork and fair play.
Sports of all Sorts (6 - 13 years)
A fun hour of playing sports! games such as soccer, floor hockey,
basketball, cooperative games.
Children under 14 years of age
must be accompanied by a parent/guardian while in a Y facility unless
they are participating in a supervised Y program.
The Centre participates in research to better understand emerging
needs of the community so that programs/services can be tailored.
Recently, the Centre has partnered with agencies such as Jewish
Family Services, Immigrant women and Visible minority, YMCA, Ottawa
Rape Crisis Centre and Immigrant women Service.
Women’s Group discussion
The group meets to discuss issues such as exercise, diet and nutrition,
cultural activities, elder abuse, and health issues as they affect
women who are seniors.
Violence Against Women Program
Women are provided culturally sensitive counseling, information
and referral in a language they are comfortable with. The Centre
also works with community members, religious and faith institutions
to build awareness and sensitivity in supporting women facing abuse.
all kinds of situations that can become a crisis in view of their
previous experiences and having to confront barriers and lack of available
resources. The most common issues that can manifest as a severe suicidal
crisis include traumatic experiences, family separation, financial
crisis, loss of status as well as other losses. Other crises may be
due to extreme stress. The role that RSSFC takes is to support the
client with reassurance, information and in many cases, advocacy to
ensure their protection and their rights. conjunction with the basic
services of counseling, crisis intervention and referral to our extensive
network of lawyers, doctors, and social service workers.